Image credit: Sherburn Aero Club
We launched our Sterling Pilot Scholarship programme in 2015 and are delighted that it has already helped two of three students reach their ambition of becoming commercial airline pilots. Last month Stephen Daly from the Republic of Ireland became our fourth Sterling Pilot Scholar.
Over 790,000 new civil aviation pilots will be required to fly the world’s fleet over the next 20 years. And with the aviation industry experiencing a global pilot shortage we’re committed to helping aspiring pilots in the UK achieve their Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL).
How do we select candidates for a scholarship? We have teamed up with the Honourable Company of Air Pilots (HCAP), which is renowned for its excellence in promoting the availability of scholarships and its history of conducting a rigorous and fair selection process.
Stephen, an aspiring commercial airline pilot, is currently training at Sherburn Aero Club near Leeds in the UK and was delighted with the news of his scholarship, which is valued at around £10,000.
I am incredibly grateful to Air BP for the funding. The Sterling Pilot Scholarship has given me an opportunity to work towards a career as a commercial airline pilot that I simply wouldn’t have been able to fund myself, or at least nowhere near as fast.Stephen Daly
With the pilot shortage a real industry concern and demand from the Far East outstripping global supply, schemes like our Sterling Pilot Scholarship are crucial in creating an environment that supports aspiring pilots. Our investment in the scholarship also underpins our desire to support the wider aviation community by encouraging young people to gain a better understanding of the importance of a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) education for their future.